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Calm Restored after Violent Clashes South of Tripoli

Calm Restored after Violent Clashes South of Tripoli

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 - 06:45
A GNA fighter fires a truck-mounted gun during clashes with LNA forces in a suburb of the capital Tripoli. (AFP)

Calm was restored at various battlefronts south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after two days of fierce fighting between the Libyan National Army and forces loyal to the Government of National Accord.

The calm was interrupted by occasional intermittent artillery fire, especially by the old airport road.

The LNA said Sunday that it had battled militias in the vicinity of the cement factory in the Sog al-Khmies Emsihel area on the road that connects Tripoli to Tarhuna.

The LNA media center said Chadian mercenaries had fled the fighting. Six others were killed in the clashes.

The entire area is now under the army’s control.

The LNA added that it was close to recapturing the al-Masnaa area from pro-GNA forces.

On Sunday, the military announced that its warplanes had carried out “precise” strikes against militia targets in Tripoli. This led to the destruction of an artillery canon and a tank in the al-Takbali military camp and the destruction of an ammunitions depot in the al-Kremiah area.

The army has made advances on the capital and seized new positions from the militias, it added.

All areas under its control witnessed calm on Monday, said the LNA.

Meanwhile, Tripoli’s Mitiga airport remained closed “until further notice” after it came under rocket fire earlier this month. Several civilians were wounded and a plane and the facility were damaged in the attack.

Separately, United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame met in Tunisia on Sunday with US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker and US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland.

They discussed the current situation and upcoming regional and international events about Libya, said the mission in a tweet.

On Monday, Salame and his Deputy for Political Affairs Stephanie Williams met with UK Charges d'Affaires to Libya Nicholas Hopton and discussed the current situation in the North African country and the upcoming international conference on Libya that is being planned.

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